Almost all students at the University of Auckland will have their grades upscaled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
The university confirmed on Friday that the performance of every undergraduate and postgraduate student will be considered as "moderately impaired" due to the outbreak of the virus and as a result all grades will be scaled up by one point.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor John Morrow, said the change recognises disruptions caused to all students’ study in Semester 1 and is intended to counteract academic disadvantage.
"We know that the shift to online teaching and the requirement to be away from the learning environment of the University campuses has been challenging," he said.
The decision is the result of an open letter by Auckland University's Student Association.
"We were pleased to be able to work in partnership with AUSA leadership to address the disruptions to our students’ studies arising from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Morrow.
Postgraduate research students are not included in the grade boost as arrangements have already been made to provide fees-free time extensions for them.